Head of John the Baptist
Juan Alonzo y Ron Villabrille worked most of his life in Madrid, setting up his own workshop in 1687. He is known for his wooden and porcelain sculptures depicting Saints and other religious subjects. His most famous work, the Head of St Paul, is also his only signed and dated sculpture. The rest of Villabrille’s sculptures, including this one, are accredited to him solely based off his artistic style, especially the carved swirls of the beard and extremely dramatic expressions. By creating a Saint in anguish, Villabrille is able to remind his viewers of the sacrifices Catholics had made in order to practice their beliefs.
Lauren Linquest, '19